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Posted on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 : 6:02 p.m.

Kitchen Mailbox Lentil Soup from Palm Palace

By Marge Biancke

I hope you can help me, Marge. This is the year that I have committed myself to increase my repertoire of soup recipes. I never liked lentil soup until I tasted a delicious spicy version at Palm Palace in Ann Arbor. I have tried several Middle Eastern recipes, but none match the delicious flavor of the soup served there. I would appreciate any help you can give me in tracking down a similar soup recipe. Thank you.
-Carol Strahler

Mr. Mustaca Dakoub himself, CEO of Palm Palace, gave me the recipe for your favorite lentil soup. The recipe, however was enough to feed a small army of hungry soup lovers. In breaking down the recipe to household-sized quantities, I had to make a few estimates on quantities of one or two items. This recipe will give you a great base for a fantastic lentil soup.
Thank you, Mr. Dakoub. This soup will be a favorite of many of our readers.

NOTE: The recipe calls for blended Pomace oil. I suggest you use olive oil. Palm Palace used Wonder brand long grain rice. I have not been able to find it in this area, so I suggest using any long grain white rice.

Lentil Soup like Palm Palace

3 pounds whole onions
3 pounds diced onion
3 pounds diced carrots
3 pounds sliced carrots
2 pounds diced green pepper
2 pounds thinly sliced leeks, white part only
4 ounces chopped parsley
2 ounces chopped cilantro
1/4 cup dry coriander
1 bulb peeled garlic,smashed or chopped
3 cups blended oil (they use Pomace oil)
4-6 cups water
1/2 cup red lentils
2 tablespoons long grain rice
3/4 cup salt
1/2 cup ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. In a large kettle heat the oil over medium heat. Add the whole onion, diced onion, carrot, celery, green pepper and leeks. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 6-8 minutes. Add parsley, cilantro, coriander and garlic, stirring for about 1-2 minutes. Add water, lentils and rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.
2. Stir in cumin, salt, pepper and cinnamon. Continue to heat for 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

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Marge Biancke

Sat, Mar 20, 2010 : 8:20 a.m.

Mr. Dakroub's own recipe is now online--Palm Palace lentil soup Thanks for your patience everyone.

Marge Biancke

Tue, Mar 16, 2010 : 7:40 a.m.

Mr Dakroub and I are going to work on a family-sized version. Please be patient with us. Thanks.


Mon, Mar 15, 2010 : 2:28 p.m.

Marge, Do you read your comments? Can you please post either the full version of the recipe or the one you amended for household size? The proportions as posted are ridiculous and I am disappointed in your lack of attention to detail.

Marge Biancke

Sat, Mar 13, 2010 : 8:24 p.m.

Mr. Mustafa Dakroub of Palm Palace tells me that he will buy you a cup of his lentil soup if you mention when you visit Palm Palace.


Fri, Mar 12, 2010 : 4:49 p.m.

This recipe is a mess of typos. The basic ingredients sure sound good though. I am going to try and make it tonight, but tinker with the amounts listed. Wish me luck!


Fri, Mar 12, 2010 : 3:25 p.m.

Are you going to post the "household" version of this recipe? I can't believe a household version of any soup would contain 3 cups of oil.


Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 10:50 a.m.

This recipe makes no sense. I would suggest using 1/2-1 C. olive oil, and all the veggies diced. Even omitting (which seems like a good idea if you want it to turn out) the whole onions and sliced carrots, this recipe contains 10 lbs. of vegetable ingredients as written - you'll need a bit more than 6 minutes of saute' time to soften/prepare the veg (more like 15 over med-low heat), and at least 2 Q of liquid. Beside that, it sounds pretty tasty if you use Ceylon Cinnamon instead of Regular old Cassia.


Wed, Mar 10, 2010 : 6:52 p.m.

OK the Palm Palace Is it a new name only or have the owners changed We went by the old building yesterday We saw the new name If its new We will give it a try